The Bible Jesus Used A Gospel-Centered Glance at the Old Testament Bethlehem Baptist Church, sp 2013 Jason S. DeRouchie, PhD
Why is This Important? • The Bible presents itself not as a shelf of numerous fabrics but as a unified, intentionally woven quilt stitched by a master-designer. • We are called to delight in the quality, texture, and beauty of each fabric, which has its own origin and story. (Focus on each book.) • But we are also called to study and delight in the overall pattern and structure of the whole, each part being seamed together to display something more wonderful than the parts themselves. We must not miss the forest for the trees. (Focus on three-part canon.)
Psalms 1:3. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Why is This Important? • The Bible presents itself not as a shelf of numerous fabrics but as a unified, intentionally woven quilt stitched by a master-designer. So the call for us is to focus not only on individual books but to consider their message in light of the three-part canon.
To understand the Bible, we must understand the story that frames the Bible.
To understand the Bible, we must understand the story that frames the Bible. • Both the Old and New Testaments are framed by a storyline that relates the progressive development of God’s kingdom through covenant for his glory in Christ Jesus. • The story’s primary character is God: God’s reign over God’s people in God’s land for God’s glory through Jesus Christ (kingdom). • The story’s plot line is all about the hope of a curse-overcoming deliver (messiah) who would establish peace with God and reconcile all the world to himself (missions).
To understand the Bible’s message fully, the storyline must be read alongside the commentary material and placed within the canon’s three-part structure.
To know Jesus as he intended to be known, we should look at the Old Testament the way he did through this three-part structure and in order to find a kingdom message of messiah and missions. • Luke 24:44–47. These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.